General Motors launched the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt in December 2010 but apparently misconceptions about it are so common the company has been compelled to run commercials to help get the message out.
Along the lines of other ads in which Volt drivers offer personal testimonials that they are among the “happiest drivers on the planet,” the adopters of the still-nascent technology shed light on some of the more common confusion they hear as Volt owners.
It’s all being presented in good humor, but no doubt honest misconceptions among consumers compound deliberate attacks also being bandied about by certain critics against the car.
If you have any misconceptions, here’s how it works in simplified terms: The Volt Is basically an electric vehicle with gasoline backup, but can operate like any gasoline car if you really want it to. Actually, it’s meant to be used like a mid-range electric vehicle and offers somewhere between 25-50 all-electric miles (mid-30 miles to low 40s is most common and the 2013 model promises a few more miles when it comes out in August).
The Volt recharges its battery via an included special cord from ordinary 120-volt house current or you can buy and install a 240-volt charger if you want faster battery replenishment. On the road, it drives like an ordinary car – albeit very quietly and smoothly thanks to electric drive, instead of a conventional powertrain. Although a compact class car, it fits full-sized people, as some in the video explain – at least up front, although rear seat leg room may be insufficient for taller people.